North Fork Clearwater River

Tributary of the Clearwater River

    North Fork Clearwater River in Clearwater and Shoshone Counties is 196.5 miles in length.

    Facilities

    Motor Restriction
    No
    Boat Ramp
    Yes
    Dock
    No
    Toilet
    Yes
    Campground
    Yes
    ADA Access
    Handicap Accessible

    Recommended Game Fish

    Species Observed in Surveys

    Fish Stocking Records

    Date Species Quantity General Size
    4/12/2019 Spring-Summer Chinook 574,038 Less than 6 inches
    3/29/2019 Spring-Summer Chinook 702,546 Less than 6 inches
    3/30/2018 Spring-Summer Chinook 544,153 Less than 6 inches
    3/19/2017 Spring-Summer Chinook 389,115 Less than 6 inches
    4/4/2016 Spring-Summer Chinook 489,072 Less than 6 inches
    10/6/2005 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 120 Less than 6 inches
    4/18/2005 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 1,122,064 Greater than 6 inches
    4/4/2005 Spring-Summer Chinook 1,072,359 Less than 6 inches
    4/21/2003 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 1,210,919 Greater than 6 inches
    3/19/2003 Spring-Summer Chinook 1,033,982 Less than 6 inches
    9/30/2002 Steelhead Trout 63,957 Less than 6 inches
    4/9/2002 Spring-Summer Chinook 206,473 Less than 6 inches
    3/27/2002 Spring-Summer Chinook 1,000,561 Less than 6 inches
    3/28/2001 Spring-Summer Chinook 333,028 Less than 6 inches
    4/5/2000 Spring-Summer Chinook 1,017,873 Greater than 6 inches
    6/22/1999 Kokanee 904,672 Less than 6 inches
    4/7/1999 Spring-Summer Chinook 1,044,511 Greater than 6 inches
    3/25/1998 Spring-Summer Chinook 973,400 Less than 6 inches
    4/7/1997 Spring-Summer Chinook 53,078 Less than 6 inches
    4/11/1996 Spring-Summer Chinook 102,903 Less than 6 inches
    4/14/1995 Spring-Summer Chinook 698,004 Less than 6 inches
    4/13/1995 Spring-Summer Chinook 613,441 Less than 6 inches
    5/6/1994 Spring-Summer Chinook 74,500 Less than 6 inches
    4/22/1994 Spring-Summer Chinook 84,654 Less than 6 inches
    4/14/1994 Spring-Summer Chinook 1,049,477 Less than 6 inches
    4/8/1994 Spring-Summer Chinook 69,642 Less than 6 inches
    4/8/1993 Spring-Summer Chinook 467,222 Less than 6 inches
    4/3/1991 Spring-Summer Chinook 1,094,884 Less than 6 inches
    3/30/1989 Spring-Summer Chinook 1,026,061 Less than 6 inches
    3/29/1989 Spring-Summer Chinook 433,321 Less than 6 inches
    9/28/1988 Spring-Summer Chinook 192,090 Less than 6 inches
    5/4/1988 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 1,429,516 Less than 6 inches
    4/18/1988 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 140,019 Less than 6 inches
    3/30/1988 Spring-Summer Chinook 1,354,889 Less than 6 inches
    3/30/1988 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 26,171 Less than 6 inches
    3/5/1987 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 7,728 Less than 6 inches
    4/30/1985 Spring-Summer Chinook 75,513 Less than 6 inches
    4/4/1985 Spring-Summer Chinook 365,791 Less than 6 inches
    4/3/1985 Spring-Summer Chinook 713,835 Less than 6 inches
    11/1/1984 Spring-Summer Chinook 53,423 Less than 6 inches
    9/26/1984 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 191,252 Less than 6 inches
    5/21/1984 Spring-Summer Chinook 234,475 Less than 6 inches
    4/25/1984 Spring-Summer Chinook 178,219 Less than 6 inches
    4/24/1984 Spring-Summer Chinook 221,715 Less than 6 inches
    4/4/1984 Spring-Summer Chinook 25,423 Less than 6 inches
    3/20/1984 Spring-Summer Chinook 232,862 Less than 6 inches
    11/3/1983 Spring-Summer Chinook 31,318 Less than 6 inches
    5/3/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 35,177 Less than 6 inches
    4/1/1983 Spring-Summer Chinook 137,329 Less than 6 inches
    3/29/1983 Spring-Summer Chinook 310,329 Less than 6 inches
    3/28/1983 Spring-Summer Chinook 24,190 Less than 6 inches
    12/16/1982 Spring-Summer Chinook 28,100 Less than 6 inches
    4/1/1981 Rainbow Trout 54,712 Less than 6 inches
    5/14/1980 Steelhead Trout 168,000 Less than 6 inches
    5/5/1980 Steelhead Trout 131,902 Less than 6 inches
    5/2/1980 Steelhead Trout 240,566 Less than 6 inches
    4/30/1980 Steelhead Trout 167,995 Less than 6 inches
    4/25/1980 Steelhead Trout 104,709 Less than 6 inches
    4/24/1980 Steelhead Trout 136,912 Less than 6 inches
    4/23/1980 Steelhead Trout 171,342 Less than 6 inches
    4/22/1980 Steelhead Trout 41,464 Less than 6 inches
    4/17/1980 Steelhead Trout 132,186 Less than 6 inches
    4/16/1980 Steelhead Trout 197,411 Less than 6 inches
    4/9/1979 Steelhead Trout 780,762 Less than 6 inches
    4/6/1979 Steelhead Trout 91,272 Less than 6 inches
    4/4/1979 Steelhead Trout 1,582,590 Less than 6 inches
    4/28/1978 Steelhead Trout 169,959 Less than 6 inches
    4/27/1978 Steelhead Trout 221,130 Less than 6 inches
    4/25/1978 Steelhead Trout 653,130 Less than 6 inches
    4/21/1978 Steelhead Trout 102,644 Less than 6 inches
    4/14/1978 Steelhead Trout 51,000 Greater than 6 inches
    6/3/1977 Steelhead Trout 14,983 Less than 6 inches
    5/31/1977 Steelhead Trout 17,448 Less than 6 inches
    5/13/1977 Steelhead Trout 363,564 Less than 6 inches
    4/29/1977 Steelhead Trout 475,906 Less than 6 inches
    4/27/1977 Steelhead Trout 973,458 Less than 6 inches
    3/15/1977 Steelhead Trout 49,742 Less than 6 inches
    5/20/1976 Steelhead Trout 210,331 Less than 6 inches
    4/26/1976 Steelhead Trout 960,727 Less than 6 inches
    4/12/1976 Steelhead Trout 582,220 Less than 6 inches
    4/24/1975 Steelhead Trout 321,548 Less than 6 inches
    4/23/1975 Steelhead Trout 267,774 Less than 6 inches
    4/22/1975 Steelhead Trout 242,781 Less than 6 inches
    4/21/1975 Steelhead Trout 354,202 Less than 6 inches
    4/17/1975 Steelhead Trout 544,008 Less than 6 inches
    3/27/1975 Steelhead Trout 31,565 Less than 6 inches
    2/4/1975 Rainbow Trout 13,853 Greater than 6 inches
    5/8/1974 Steelhead Trout 72,318 Less than 6 inches
    4/26/1974 Steelhead Trout 1,056,175 Less than 6 inches
    4/24/1974 Steelhead Trout 980,419 Less than 6 inches
    4/2/1974 Steelhead Trout 279,943 Less than 6 inches
    3/26/1974 Steelhead Trout 867,781 Less than 6 inches
    3/6/1974 Steelhead Trout 215,540 Less than 6 inches
    3/5/1974 Rainbow Trout 68 Adults
    3/5/1974 Steelhead Trout 50 Adults
    2/26/1974 Steelhead Trout 2,781 Less than 6 inches
    8/31/1973 Cutthroat Trout 4,050 Less than 6 inches
    4/16/1973 Steelhead Trout 2,550,816 Less than 6 inches
    3/21/1973 Steelhead Trout 77,903 Less than 6 inches
    3/18/1971 Steelhead Trout 183,457 Less than 6 inches
    3/17/1971 Steelhead Trout 411,833 Less than 6 inches
    3/16/1971 Steelhead Trout 344,787 Less than 6 inches
    3/15/1971 Steelhead Trout 355,307 Less than 6 inches
    7/30/1970 Rainbow Trout 4,760 Greater than 6 inches
    7/21/1970 Rainbow Trout 4,320 Greater than 6 inches
    6/3/1970 Rainbow Trout 3,255 Greater than 6 inches
    5/14/1970 Steelhead Trout 123,316 Less than 6 inches
    4/27/1970 Steelhead Trout 347,728 Less than 6 inches
    4/24/1970 Steelhead Trout 176,877 Less than 6 inches
    4/23/1970 Steelhead Trout 218,117 Less than 6 inches
    4/22/1970 Steelhead Trout 166,469 Less than 6 inches
    4/21/1970 Steelhead Trout 159,664 Less than 6 inches
    4/20/1970 Steelhead Trout 179,372 Less than 6 inches
    7/23/1969 Rainbow Trout 3,840 Greater than 6 inches
    6/18/1969 Rainbow Trout 3,360 Greater than 6 inches
    8/14/1968 Rainbow Trout 4,160 Less than 6 inches
    7/3/1968 Rainbow Trout 3,920 Greater than 6 inches
    6/25/1968 Rainbow Trout 2,925 Greater than 6 inches
    Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

    Licenses and Tags

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    Fishing Rules

    All Waters Open All Year

    Except as modified in Special Rules
    Fishing is not allowed within the posted upstream and downstream boundary of any fish weir or trap.

    Daily Bag Limits

    The following daily bag limits apply to all waters within each region except as modified in the Special Rules. The possession limit is 3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season.

    Special Rules

    Clearwater River, North Fork From the mouth upstream to Dworshak Dam
    • Trout limit is 6; only trout with a clipped adipose fin, as evidenced by a healed scar, may be kept; no harvest of Cutthroat Trout
    • When fishing from Ahsahka Highway 7 Bridge, it is illegal to take or attempt to take any fish downstream of the railroad bridge; fishing from the railroad bridge is prohibited
    • Fishing from any watercraft or wading is prohibited between the posted line approximately 150 yards upstream from the mouth of the North Fork Clearwater River and the Ahsahka Highway 7 Bridge
    • Fishing from the shoreline or wading along the perimeter of Dworshak National Fish Hatchery is prohibited
    Clearwater River, North Fork From upper end of flat water in Dworshak Reservoir upstream
    • Barbless hooks required
    • December 1 through Friday before Memorial Day weekend - trout limit is 0, catch-and-release, no bait allowed except maggots
    • Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30 - trout limit is 2, no Cutthroat Trout under 14 inches, no bait allowed
    Kelly Creek and tributaries
    • Trout limit is 0, catch-and-release
    • No bait allowed, barbless hooks required
    Clearwater Region Bag Limits
    Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)
    • In rivers and streams, no bag, size or possession limits
    • In lakes and reservoirs, limit is 6, both species combined
    Brook Trout
    • Brook Trout limit is 25
    Bull Trout
    • Bull Trout limit is 0, catch-and-release
    Kokanee
    • Kokanee limit is 25
    Salmon (ocean-going)
    • Salmon seasons and limits are set annually by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and issued in a separate brochure
    • Fishing for or targeting salmon is prohibited unless a salmon season is specifically opened for that water
    Steelhead (ocean-going)
    • Defined as Rainbow Trout longer than twenty (20) inches in length in the Snake River drainage below Hells Canyon Dam, the Salmon River drainage (excluding lakes and reservoirs), and the Clearwater River drainage (excluding that portion above Dworshak Dam, and lakes)
    • Fishing for or targeting steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water (see fishing regulations)
    Sturgeon
    • Sturgeon limit is 0, catch-and-release
    • Sturgeon must not be removed from the water and must be released upon landing
    • Barbless hooks and sliding sinkers are required, see fishing regulations for details
    Tiger Muskie
    • Tiger Muskie limit is 2, none under 40 inches
    Trout includes Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, and trout hybrids (e.g. Tiger Trout)
    • In rivers and streams, trout limit is 2, all species combined
    • In lakes, reservoirs, ditches and canals, trout limit is 6, all species combined
    • Does not include Bull Trout and Brook Trout which are listed separately
    Whitefish
    • Whitefish limit is 25
    Protected Nongame Fish includes Pacific Lamprey and Sand Roller
    • May not be harvested or possessed
    All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish
    • No bag, size or possession limit
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